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August 21, 2009

2,000 Brooklyn Kids Getting New Backpacks, School Supplies

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
by Mary Frost

Nashay, Nasir and Precious are just three out of 2,000 disadvantaged Brooklyn kids who are receiving backpacks filled with essential back-to-school supplies, thanks to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) annual Back-to-School/Stay-in-School Program.

Karen Boykin-Towns, president of the NAACP’s Brooklyn Branch, said, “Despite the tough economy, we are pleased to deliver on our commitment of providing 2,000 free backpacks to our neediest students.” She added that her daughter advised her to reach out to Thirteen when she was trying to find sponsors to help fill the backpacks. WNET/Thirteen, partnering with Brooklyn’s NAACP for the first time, supplied “Cyberchase” activity books, pencils and bookmarks – and the huggable, larger-than-life “Digit,” from PBS’s award-winning math series “Cyberchase.”

Sponsors of the event include Brooklyn Public Library, Con Edison, Council of School Supervisors & Administrators, DELBAC Inc., Everlast, Forest City Ratner, G&B Foundation, Independence Community Foundation, Neighborhood Improvement Association, Polytechnic Institute of NYU -- Center for Youth In Engineering & Science, Pratt Institute – America Reads, Rent-A-Center, Society of Hispanic Provisional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and Verizon. [emphasis, ours]


Wow, imagine how many backpacks and essential school supplies could've been given to needy kids if the city and state weren't sinking hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars into Forest City's basketball arena project!

Posted by eric at August 21, 2009 11:22 AM